IEEE, the world's largest professional organization advancing technology
for humanity, today celebrates Ethernet's 40th anniversary.
IEEE 802.3™ "Standard for Ethernet" and the varied technologies,
applications and networks that the family of standards helps enable have
changed the world as we knew it, and multi-dimensional innovation never
Frontiers of IEEE 802.3 Ethernet innovation include ever-increasing
speeds and new applications for the technology. For example, in April
2013, IEEE announced the launch of an IEEE 802.3 study group to explore
development of a 400 Gb/s Ethernet standard to efficiently support
ever-increasing, exponential network bandwidth growth. Fast-growing IEEE
802.3 Ethernet application areas include energy efficiency, the globally
emerging smart grid, data centers and supercomputing, access networks,
mobile-communications infrastructure, healthcare and medical-device
communications, entertainment and networking for automotive and other
industries. Furthermore, in both developed and developing areas of the
world, IEEE 802.3 Ethernet is being deployed with infrastructure
buildouts to support the exploding array of applications that users rely
on in their every-day lives.
"IEEE 802.3 Ethernet is everywhere; its uses are constantly expanding,
and Ethernet works so well and seamlessly that we are almost unaware
that it's there," said Michael Howard, co-founder and principal analyst
with Infonetics Research. "In fact, it is a sign of Ethernet's maturity
that, as the world grows increasingly dependent on the technology-in new
markets, new applications and new industries-Ethernet's presence goes
almost unnoticed. IEEE 802.3 Ethernet today connects people and touches
lives in so many diverse ways in every corner of the world, yet it's so
easy to overlook the underlying enabling infrastructure. That's the mark
of a fundamentally good technology."
Initially developed in order to standardize connectivity among
computers, printers, servers and other devices inside a local area
network (LAN), IEEE 802.3-first published as a draft in 1983 and as a
standard in 1985-steadily has evolved to deliver increased capacities
and connect more devices, users, media and protocols across more types
IEEE 802.3 defines the standards that provide the fundamental basis of
networking. Over the last three decades, industry has invested heavily
in IEEE 802.3 and other networking infrastructure standards, and the
result of the investment has been the creation of a vast global market
and a transformation in the way people access, consume and use
"No matter where you are in the world, connecting a device to the
Internet is simple and universal," said David Law, chair of the IEEE
802.3 Ethernet Working Group and distinguished engineer with HP
Networking. "In large part because of the consistent interoperability
and innovation enabled by IEEE 802.3, the Internet has spawnednovel
approaches to the ways we work and play, such as border-crossing
e-commerce, information sharing and community operations. New business
models have been invented; a powerful, new engine for global economic
opportunity has been created, and the lives of billions of people in
markets around the world have been improved."
"This anniversary is an opportunity to acknowledge and congratulate the
thousands of engineers that contributed to the development of the IEEE
802.3 suite of standards over the past three decades," said Paul
Nikolich, chair of the IEEE 802® LAN/MAN Standards Committee
and IEEE fellow. "Its success is rooted in these individuals' dedication
to working in an open, transparent consensus process to produce
standards of the highest quality, which resulted in an ubiquitous,
low-cost, error-free datacom infrastructure. And their work continues in
response to market needs. Well done, IEEE 802.3 participants. Well done."
Added Konstantinos Karachalios, managing director of the IEEE Standards
Association (IEEE-SA): "IEEE 802.3 and other IEEE standards are created
within a rigorous process that is rooted in consensus, due process,
openness, right of appeal and balance. In these ways, the IEEE 802.3
development process is emblematic of the principles that the 'OpenStand'
market-driven paradigm for global, open standards (http://open-stand.org)
is based upon. In the case of IEEE 802.3, it is an empowered marketplace
itself that drives development, refinement and adoption of a globally
relevant standard, and the resulting benefit to humanity is monumental.
The IEEE-SA provides the forum through which the standard thrives."
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body within IEEE, develops consensus standards through an open process
that engages industry and brings together a broad stakeholder community.
IEEE standards set specifications and best practices based on current
scientific and technological knowledge. The IEEE-SA has a portfolio of
over 900 active standards and more than 500 standards under development.
For more information visit http://standards.ieee.org/.
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